Elvin Ricks

Elvin Norman Ricks

Monday, May 27th, 1929 - Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
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Norman was born in Selma Alabama on May 27, 1929 to parents Elvin L (Honey) and Mildred Stanfill Ricks. He graduated from Albert Parrish High School in Selma and continued to Auburn University where he graduated from the School of Architecture/ Interior Design. After serving as an officer in the Air Force, he moved to Pensacola and began his career at White’s Furniture, then started an interior design department at Marston & Quina before founding his own business, Interiors by Norman Ricks, which he owned for more than 40 years. He taught Interior Design at Pensacola Jr. College, and hosted a weekly TV show teaching design on Channel 3 for many years.

Norman is survived by his partner/husband David Alan Richbourg, sons Jonathan Duffee Ricks (Linda) and Stephen Watts Ricks (Tammy). Grandsons Ian Ricks (Belinda), Justin Ricks, Paul Ricks and Kyle Brown. Great Grandaughter Emma Younce and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his second Great Grandaughter in early January 2021. Norman considered special friend Vicki Baroco his chosen sister.

Norman was active in his church, serving as deacon, board member, and Sunday School teacher. He was on numerous civic boards in our community, always contributing to make Pensacola a better place for us all.

Special thanks to Dr. Mitchell Whitehead and Dr. John Wade for the numerous trips they made to his home to oversee his care. Covenant Hospice nurse Jeanette Duncan and assistant Dee made it possible for Norman to comfortably remain in his home until his death.

A memorial service will be announced soon and will be streamed live on Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home LLC website. A separate announcement will appear in the Pensacola News Journal’s paper prior to the service with details.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant Care Hospice would be helpful and appreciated.

Norman made the world more beautiful with his presence and his talents. Good job faithful servant.

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Posted at 02:11pm
Norman-many years have passed, but I’ve never forgotten how good you were to me in the time spent working together on Spring St. I was young, married with four sons and with you my family always came first above work. You were successful, talented and always there. There is no doubt this continued with those close to you as the years went by. Thank you for all the things you taught me! Terri

Anita Williams

Posted at 06:58pm
David, My heart breaks for you. I cannot imagine losing a partner of so many years. We have been friends since Junior High and when Norman came into your life it was such a pleasant fit. I loved running into the two of you around town and seeing your smiling faces, always something funny from Norman. We feel your loss and extend our love. Nita and Mike Williams

Tish Pennewill

Posted at 11:17am
Dear David, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Norman. Bill and I have such great memories of times shared with you and him!! You are in our thoughts and prayers, with lots of love, Tish and Bill Pennewill

Terry Michael Pape

Posted at 10:57am
Norman was absolutely the most caring and giving individual person who set an example for everyone to follow and appreciate life everyday.
He taught me some great lessons in life and how to treat everyone with respect.
Thanks Norman
Terry Michael Pape

Norma Muller

Posted at 05:52pm
Norman was our neighbor for the last ten years. We will miss his smiling face, seeing him tending his plants and taking the time to share a story or two. He was a true Southern Gentleman, often inquiring about my Mother before she passed last year.
We send our deepest condolences to David, his family, and all those who loved him.
Norma and Ed Muller

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